Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) Picture


Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) is my Picture of the Week. These beautiful and unique ferns are found throughout Malaysia, Borneo and Southeast Asia. There are about 18 species of staghorn ferns found around the world while this region shares some of the more unique ferns. coming from the family of polypod, these are also called Tanduk Rusa ferns in the Malay language which means deer's horns. They are also usually found in tropical countries growing on the high rainforest canopy. For those who enjoy traveling, hiking and nature walks around this region, you are bound to come across these unique plants on your explorations.

While the staghorn ferns look beautiful as decorative plants, they are not easy to care for. They need to be under shade and watered daily. I have been an avid collector of these kind of ferns for many years now and have about 4 types in care. A passion that was picked up during my adventures in the many rainforest of Malaysia and Borneo since the late 90s, I still have a very soft spot when it comes to these kind of of plants especially when it comes to the rare types especially the Tanduk Kijang or Platycerium Ridleyii. These look like the fronds are growing the other way around.

Staghorn Fern Platycerium Ridleyii or Tanduk Kijang (Rare type)

Staghorn Fern - Fully matured in Singapore

Close up of the stag horn fern fronds

For those who love gardening or exploring some of these unique rainforest plants, you should read up and do research on them first. First attempts to cultivate these oddly-shaped ferns may end in disaster but it is all in the learning process. The Tanduk Rusa fern is also displayed at flower shows around the world and will also be featured in Malaysia at the Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Exhibition 2011. Another place that you will find some of these unique plants on display is at the Rainforest Discovery Center or RDC in Sabah Borneo. I am always thrilled to visit these exhibitions as one never knows what new species or type of Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) they will feature.

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